February 1, 2019

Born as Abraham van den Boogaart in 1921 in Delft. As a largely self-taught artist, in the first 10 years of his career he mainly investigated the already known Western styles of that time. He gained the necessary knowledge from this to later develop his own style. In the first half of the 1950s, his work showed a rather experimental phase, the start of a search for his own unique style. Halfway through the same decade it is taking shape more and more. The last figurative elements disappear from his work and in the second half of the 1950s we see his paintings abstract. Characterized by shades of gray and brown, balanced by accents of colors. The development of his typical style as a material painter is already clearly noticeable. Within this kind of informal art, he is one of the most important artists. With these matter paintings he formed a bridge between painting and sculpture. His typical matter paintings were fully created since the early 1960s. To create his material, he mixed color pigments with so-called “snow-cement” and often a binder to hold it together. From the mid-1970s he switched from color pigments to industrial colors, replacing the gray effect of his older works with the bright colors that typify his later work. In the early period of his career, he covered his chassis with jute, which served as a carrier. He later stretched his jute over strong wooden panels, given that the thicker packs of material required a stronger support. Bogart stayed in different locations, but spent most of his time in Belgium. He eventually settled in Sint-Truiden, where he died in 2012.